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Jetty triangle plans under fire
From page 1.
• Access from the jetty to the longer term
parking-transit centre in Church Street was
considered problematic. Not all community
members and tourists will be able to walk from
the Transit Centre to the Jetty Triangle, and
later return back up the hill for two blocks in
Thompson Ave to the transit centre. The chang-
ing weather patterns in Cowes will have an im-
pact on the ability of people to walk these dis-
tances around the town. The hill in Thompson
Avenue and the distance involved was seen as
problematic. As the general public do not want
to carry their luggage, babies, small children,
beach and fishing gear up-hill to the Transit
Centre, submitter responses described the plan
as not practical.
• Terraced sections of the triangle may not
be practical to run public gatherings, submit-
ters stated, with concerns centred around ac-
cessibility for loading and unloading goods for
events such as the night market. Safety was
also mentioned in relation to terraced sections
at the triangle.
• Submitters also raised questions about
possible competition of available parking at the
Church Street Transit Centre as the Concept
Design identifies allocation of land for the hy-
drotherapy/aquatics facility and the health and
The concerns were not addressed by the for-
mer council, with the focus almost entirely on
the redevelopment of the Cowes Cultural Cen-
tre, a project that has been put on hold for the
Norm Hall’s alternative plans for the jetty triangle would see an elevated platform allowing
car parking underneath, and lawn terraces above.
Police pleased with New Year
POLICE have described the week between
Christmas and New Year in the Bass Coast as
one of the safest and most successful in recent
Acting Senior Sergeant Andy Boldiston said
the number of traffic accidents in the district
has been well down, and there have been no se-
rious collisions, with the exception of a fatality
at Wonthaggi on Monday, which police believe
may have related to a health issue.
An 80 year old driver died after colliding with
another vehicle on the outskirts of Wonthaggi.
And while there have been significant traffic
holdups on the Bass Highway, at times, police
say that the Phillip Island Traffic Watch Face-
book page run by Nina Burns has proved to be
a tremendous community resource, which the
police use as well, and that it has contributed
to a reduction in the extent of traffic holdups of
“It is a wonderful resource,” Sergeant Bold-
“Nina deserves a pat on the back for the work
she puts in.
“It is contributing to people planning their
trips away from peak periods.”
Police say that the number of revellers gather-
ing in Cowes and at Inverloch was well down on
previous years, and that overall, they were very
happy with crowd behaviour.
Two people were arrested for drunkenness in
Cowes on the night, a further two were arrested
for drug and weapon offences, and a male was
arrested for theft.
Extra assistance on the night with personnel
from the mounted police branch and across
Victoria presented a strong and visible police
A booze bus from Melbourne was stationed
in the Bass Coast for three days from Decem-
Pleasingly, of the 2250 drivers tested, just one
was over the alcohol limit.
“It is encouraging that most people seem to
have got the message,” Sergeant Boldiston said.
Business is brisk on both Phillip Island and
at San Remo, catering for the many thousands
of visitors who have flocked to the area.
The Penguin Parade has been booked out
nightly since before Christmas, with capacity
crowds each evening of about 3500, and this is
expected to continue this week.
PINP CEO Matt Jackson said that on some
days, the parade has been fully booked by
Business operators and local attractions also
report strong trade.
Surf Beach damage
Police would like to speak to the male (pic-
ture) in relation to wilful damage in Surf
Beach in early December.
If you know this man or have any informa-
tion contact Leading Senior Constable Dut-
ton at Cowes Police by calling 5952 2037
or send a message via Bass Coast Eyewatch
Near drowning at Cape Woolamai
PARAMEDICS were called to reports of a man
pulled from the water at Cape Woolamai at about
4.30 pm on Tuesday, December 27.
The man, believed to be in his 20s, was flown to
The Alfred in a serious but stable condition.
In a bid to combat the ongoing issue of drowning
deaths along the coast, Surf Life Saving Australia
has launched a sobering safety campaign high-
lighting the serious dangers of rip currents – and
according to figures, young men are most at risk
of losing their lives.
‘The Facts about Rip Currents’ campaign busts
some common myths associated with beach safety.
These myths include the perception that it’s only
tourists who get caught in rips, that rips only take
the lives of poor swimmers, or that competent
swimmers know how to spot a rip.
According to research:
• Only 15 per cent of people who drown in rips
are international visitors.
• Young men aged 15-39 years are most likely to
get caught and drown in rips.
• Two out of three people who think they can
identify a rip, can’t.
Rips are the number one danger swimmers face
when enjoying a day at the beach and surpris-
ingly, more people drown in rips each year than
deaths from shark attacks, floods and cyclones
Shane Daw, Coastal Safety manager at Surf Life
Saving Australia, says this campaign is predomi-
nately targeting men who think they already know
how to spot and escape a rip.
“They get into trouble because they either haven’t
checked for rips, can’t identify a rip and underes-
timate the strength of these currents, they swim
after patrols finish or at unpatrolled beaches.”
With this in mind, Mr Daw said it’s really im-
portant that people know what to do if they find
themselves caught in a rip.
There are three options:
• Raise an arm and call out for help
• Float with the current, it may return you to a
shallow sandbank, or
• Swim parallel to the beach or towards the
breaking waves, you may return to shore.
If what you’re doing isn’t working, re-assess the
situation and try one of the other options.
Surf Life Saving Australia’s clear message this
summer is ‘Don’t Risk the Rip’, a message echoed
by Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela
“We have had many tragedies on beaches in
Bass Coast over the past year, and we don’t want
to see any more lives lost.
“I can’t emphasise strongly enough how impor-
tant it is to never swim in dangerous conditions,
no matter how strong a swimmer you may be,
and to always have someone looking out for you
never swim in the ocean alone,” Cr Rothfield
“If in doubt, ask a surf lifesaver about an alterna-
tive place to swim and, where possible, swim at a
patrolled beach between the red and yellow flags.”
To find out more information about rips, visit
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